In scenic surroundings in the midst of fjords and mountains, you will find Kristiansund. The prosperous coastal city has attracted high culture, including opera, from southern Europe from its early days. About 200 years on, the Opera in Kristiansund is well established within the music world and hosts a magnificent opera festival every February: The Opera Festivities. Words do not do this part of Norway justice but, while nature has gone overboard, one would perhaps not think of this as one of the first places in the Nordics where opera took a foothold.